Submitting an Executive Summary

NSF updated its submission portal to provide users a more secure and private experience. Now, a user must create a system user account to submit an I-Corps Executive Summary. In addition, users must sign in to respond to any active Executive Summary and/or Program Director requests. This user guide is provided to assist new and existing users in creating and managing their accounts. Account Creation

Create an Account

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To create an account, fill in:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • A valid Email Address
  • Alphanumeric Password (10 characters, 1 letter, 1 number, 1 special character)
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  • Click on “Sign Up” to create your account and be routed to the Executive Summary form.

I-Corps executive summary form

  • Fill out the executive summary.
  • Submit the form.
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Completed Executive Summary Example

This is an example of a completed executive summary form.

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After the form is submitted you will receive this confirmation message.

Confirmation message example for submitted executive summary.

Selecting an I-Corps cohort

  • If the Executive Summary results in an invitation to “Submit a Proposal”, you will receive an email to select an I-Corps Cohort.
  • Click on the link in the email for Cohort selection.
Example of the email received with an invitation to submit a proposal.
  • Sign in using the credentials used to submit an Executive Summary.
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Cohort selection form

  • Select the details for an I-Corps Cohort in the form
  • Fill in the details and “Submit”.
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  • After submitting the form, receive this confirmation message.
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  • Sign out once you have submitted the executive summary or cohort selection.

Recovering Accounts and Passwords

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  • Enter the email ID for which you want to recover the password and click on “Reset Password”.
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  • Receive an email  to reset the password for I-Corps communities.
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  • Click on or copy the password reset link in the email to reset the password.
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The new password should contain:

  • a. 10 characters
  • b. 1 letter
  • c. 1 number
  • d. 1 special character

Resetting the password takes you back to the page with I-Corps Executive Summary form.